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How Blogging Can Change Your Life (and the tools to do it)

How Blogging Can Change Your Life (and the tools to do it)

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“Insomnia is more entertaining at a keyboard.”

The idea of spending hours upon hours on writing and building a blog is puzzling for some. So why do I blog? Here are 5 good reasons:

1) Learning and Inspiration

This is one of the biggest reasons I invest the time and energy into writing a blog. Researching and otherwise fact-checking on a blog subject matter can be involving and time-consuming work. But it is also an incredibly powerful learning tool. I don’t post anything that haven’t been throughly researched or personally tested/experienced. Though the topics I write about are ones I have specific knowledge and/or qualifications to speak on (like my post on learning), I fact-check like a madman. Beyond the crucial reason of being a responsible writer, it is also my way of expanding my own knowledge on the subject matter. In fact, the level of self-reflection that comes with writing is a stimulant for my creative thought process.

2) Have a Voice

As the internet continues to dominate every facet of our world, our circles of influence- our audience- are ever expanding. It is possible for us to now reach and affect a staggering number of people from our laptops. For me, my goal for this blog is to inspire others to take LIVING more seriously, more passionately. It is my small way of giving some value back to the world. My little social movement, if you will. If you have a message worth spreading, there is no medium like the blogosphere to broadcast it.

3) Goals and Accountability

Those who practice goal-setting regularly can appreciate how important it is to share your goals with others. It is a way of receiving feedback and inspiration on our actions and thoughts. By sharing my life ventures on the blogosphere, I am allowing my audience- many of which, I’m sure, are much more intelligent than I am- to become my life consultants. Ever since I’ve started writing this blog, I’ve found myself more focused on building the lifestyle and making the life experiences I’ve dreamt about. This is a natural effect of reaffirming your thoughts in writing. I am a believer that we don’t really know what we know unless we write it down. We are also less likely to sway from our goals the more people knew about them. It’s a funny thing about egos.

4) Harness the Ultimate Social Media Platform

I liken my blog to be a social media profile on steroids. It is my way of finding and connecting with people who are interested in lifestyle design, creating life experiences and starting businesses. Given the fact that on average, we are now six introductions away from any given person in the world due to the internet age, we have access to more important business connections, mentors, and people who will make a difference in our life than ever before. What better introduction to the world can I give than my blog?

5) My own publication. My own rules.

Besides the ability to drop as many f-bombs as my heart desires, it is incredibly liberating to write whatever the f*ck I want. After all, what is life without expression? I am my own writer, editor and publisher. There are no rules beyond god and man laws. I can write about _____ in one post and ______ in the next. The blog is my oyster.

My Blog Writing Setup and Tools

Mmm, gadgets. When doing any type of creative writing, timing and environment is key. My typical setup that facilitates my most effective writing sessions are as follows:

13″ Macbook Pro with Evernote software – A beautiful machine and software. At the recommendation of Tim Ferriss, I have been using Evernote for most of my drafting. It’s a software that can capture almost anything you see day to day, from article excerpts from websites to pictures from your smartphone. I use it to write, because it’s content can be synced between computers and smartphones and it is just a generally powerful tool for idea retention. A virtual brain transfusion.

Blogging Platform and Hosting – I use WordPress.org as my default blogging tool. It gives me the most customization while remaining very user-friendly. As for site hosting, I use Godaddy.com for overall reliability and good customer service. Alternatively, you can use WordPress.com, a quick out-of-the-box ready blogging service that is already hosted.

Green tea leaves brewed in a French Press
– I find good green tea to be a better caffeine fix for writing than other stimulant drinks. It doesn’t give me that huge spike and crash of energy as coffee or energy drinks (which are bad for you anyways). The French Press is a more environmentally-friendly and economical alternative to teabags. A must for any tea affectionados.

Classical Music and noise-canceling earphones – I frequently work in noisy coffee shops, therefore a good pair of noise canceling earphones are a must. I also tend to damage my earphones, so I try not to spend too much money on them. A great pair of quality to price earphones I currently own are the Sennheiser CX300-B. In terms of music, I find classical to be the best for creative work but any decent instrumental (no lyrics) tune would suffice. For modern classical, try anything by Bond. If lyrics don’t bother you, try DJ Shah’s Songbook CD,which have been my go to work music for the last 2 months.

About the Author


Wants to explore the world, write about it, and inspire others.

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Vance Sova  17 Jan 2011

Hey Tony,

Your reasons for blogging are similar to many people and the way you put them is very unique to you.

I think that you didn’t mention the desire to make some money with your blog. That is usually one of the main reasons people blog these days.

You have revealed the tools which you use to blog which is not very common.

I like the fact that you prefer green tea to coffee. I feel the same way about it.

Green tea does have a much better effect on our bodies and instead of inducing them to produce damaging hormones and leaching minerals out like coffee it is actually a very good antioxidant.

Good luck with your blogging. It was nice to meet you at the Pho. I have mentioned you, posted a picture of you and linked to your blog from my recent blog post.

Cheers Vance

tonykwan  18 Jan 2011

Hey Vance,

Thanks for your kind comments. It was a pleasure meeting you as well.

While I would not be completely honest if I said generating income wasn’t a reason I blog, I don’t think making money ranks in the top five reasons why I do it. Not even close.

That is not to be snobby, but I think there are easier ways one can choose to make money than blogging :) I write because I enjoy it (and of course, the reasons above) And to be honest, I don’t think I would be as motivated to write if making money was a priority.

But hey, one might argue I would have a change of mentality if I were making mad moolah like John Chow and you talented folks!



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